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2012 NC Soybean Yields Best Ever

Yield and efficiency awards are handed out by small grains, corn and soybeans every year at the Joint Commodity Conference. Dr. Jim Dunphy, NC State Extension soybean specialist oversees the entries each year and determines the winners. This year’s top soybean yield producer was from Greene County according to Dunphy:

“There were some impressive yields out there, we just plain had good weather. That’s why we had record yields state wide.

Our top yield was 92.5 coming out of Greene County. It was a unique combination of the weather, the soil type, the weather and the planting date all meshed together and had the ideal combination. A lot of the other good yields were coming out of the southwest. They also had good weather, they had good yields all over.

We know the inland counties will tend to beat the coastal counties in the years with good moisture. The Blackland counties suffered, those soils hold moisture well, but in a year like this one they hold it too well. Excess water put a lid on their high yields.

Some of the challenges for 2013 will be trying to figure out what commodities are going to sell for what price at harvest time. If they had to plant today, it would be more corn and soybeans. But what they will do come planting time is another story, because they will re check the prices. It will be up in the air as volatile as prices are.

As far as insect pressure, everyone is just waiting. I fully expect the kudzu bug will be worse in 2013, it’s been a problem that has grown fairly rapidly. It’s a problem we can manage, we have the insecticides that can handle the bug. My advice to the farmers is to go ahead and do what you need to do to produce the most beans you can. If the kudzu bug shows up – spray him. The cost to spray doesn’t take many bushels of beans to pay.

Some of the insecticides that are fairly inexpensive are very effective. It’s interesting we have as many insecticides as we do. And research continues to produce beans more efficiently.”

For more coverage from this year’s Joint Commodity Conference, and further comments from Dr. Jim Dunphy, click here. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.